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Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Congratulations to everyone for a brilliant display at the One Day Sale -  it certainly helped the Festival off to a good start. Eleven paintings were sold and some cards, which is very good for this time of year. Hope everyone enjoyed it and the festival events and workshops which were very successful. The shop and the exhibition at the Anchor are continuing for the next few weeks so don't miss them!

Some pictures of the One Day Sale follow:

Handing in

Setting up
  Ready for sale

 Our demonstration evening is tomorrow when we welcome Bob Dudley who will paint a seascape in watercolour.  

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Reminder to Members


The ONE DAY SALE  takes place on Saturday 24th. May. Pictures to be handed in at 9 to 9-30 am to the Palm Room and collected at 5pm. Help with setting up and clearing the hall and as well as supervision and refreshments would be appreciated.


The shop in the precinct as part of the Arts Festival is now definitely opening and would welcome work from members. More details and form from Di Alexander if you have not already received an e-mail.


 There are still places left on Festival workshops so book as soon as possible to ensure a place by contacting:

Thursday, May 15, 2014


A group of local artists have their work on display at The Anchor at Eling. This is the first of the events on the Festival programme so go and have a look and get the Arts Fest off to a good start.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The "Mills in Art" exhibition held at  the Heritage Centre as part of National Mills Weekend May 11th and 12th was a great success. Members took part with a display of paintings and also did some demonstrations - pictures below :

Claire painting

Paintings exhibited by TAS members


Monday, May 5, 2014



For details of some of the events look on the TOTTON AND ELING ARTS FESTIVAL website - - and click on "What's On" at the top of the page. The full programme should appear there shortly.

 Most of the events are free and because TAS  are contributing to the festival some of the artists are giving a reduced rate to our members e.g. the  ORIGAME WORKSHOP is FREE  and the WILLOW WEAVING  WORKSHOP  is reduced to £ 10  instead of £25.

 Book quickly to secure a place on any workshop or event by e- mailing .uk  

Possibly of special interest to TAS members are the following:

From 11th May
Art Exhibition at the Anchor Inn, Eling.

Friday 23rd May
Willow workshop
Courtlye music at Hounsdown Community Centre
Band night at theAnchor

Saturday 24th May
Family Street Arts Extravaganza - all day lots of art events and workshops, music, dancing etc.
Ukeleles and poetry at Eling Sailing Club

Sunday 25th May
Photography Exhibition.
Ceramics for kids,Origami, Textiles, Lino Printing, African Textile Printing among other things!

One Day Sale  = our contribution to the Arts Fest

Framed paintings, pictures unframed /mounted and in a cellophane sleeve and cards to be given in to the Palm Room at  9 to 9-30 am. Note that any pictures can be put in the sale but they won't be eligible for the Summer Exhibition.


Waterperry Garden ART IN ACTION trip July 19th £35 - more details below.

 Graham Oliver workshop will take place on June 21st as we have had enough members signing up for it to run. Thanks to Di for organising it.


Demonstration on Wednesday 28th April.

 This month we had a change to the advertised programme and welcomed back Helen Talbot who showed us how to work with mixed media.

 Her first painting was a Snowdonia mountain scene.
 Stage 1.
 Prepare the base.
Tear e.g.watercolour paper and tissue paper into basic mountain and rock shapes. Fix to the base (can be paper or board) by using gesso.
Stage 2.
Start to paint in the main colour areas using the brush and paint ( acrylic or watercolour) to create texture.
Score into the gesso with a stick or draw with pens and ink.
Stage 3.
Add final details using soft pastels, pencils or oil pastels as a resist. Inktense pencils are useful at this stage.

Helen with her Snowdon Picture

Second painting - a vase of tulips
This was based on a monoprinting technique.
The subject was drawn with inktense pencil.
Then wet e.g. cartridge paper was placed over the drawing and rubbed to produce a print.
The original could also be photocopied and the copies worked on using mixed media.

Helen's Vase of Tulips
Third  painting
Again using the vase of tulips.
Using soluble ink and bamboo or reed pens draw the picture.
Draw in shading then protect some areas with e.g. candle wax.
Finally spray with a coarse spray using a weak coffee solution.  

Helen carried out her demonstrations with great enthusiasm and humour. By the end of the evening we were all very impressed with her methods and eager to try them out!